Kirsten Dunst Set To Direct 'The Bell Jar' Starring Dakota Fanning

Kirsten Dunst Set To Direct 'The Bell Jar' Starring Dakota Fanning

The new adaptation of Sylvia Plath's novel will mark the feature directorial debut for Dunst

The new adaptation of Sylvia Plath's novel will mark the feature directorial debut for Dunst

Text: William Defebaugh

Good news for Sylvia Plath fans: Kirsten Dunst, woman of our hearts, will be directing a new film adaptation of the 20th century American author's beloved classic, The Bell Jar. The movie version will be co-written by Dunst and her frequent collaborator Nellie Kim, and will star Dakota Fanning as the young Esther Greenwood.

First published in 1963 under the monicker of "Victoria Lucas," the novel is a dark, semi-autobiographical telling of a young woman's experience with mental illness and clinical depression. While the movie adaption will mark Dunst's first turn as director of a full-length feature, if her morbid acting history—which includes Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, Gia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, and most recently, the television adaption of Fargo—is any indication, she will do well with bringing Plath's macabre story to life on the silver screen. She previously directed two short films: 2007's Welcome, and 2010's Bastard, which appeared at Tribeca Film Festival and Cannes.

Both Dunst and Fanning were recently photographed for "The New Alphabet" in V's March issue (below). Stay tuned for further details about the film, which is said to be starting production at the top of 2017.

Kirsten Dunst photographed by Inez & Vinoodh, styled by Joe Mckenna for V100.
Dakota Fanning photographed by Inez & Vinoodh, styled by Joe Mckenna for V100.

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